Locust is a transboundary pest but its attack in India is not a regular phenomenon. During the year 2019-20, locust incursion was reported in some districts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. This locust incursion is one of the biggest locust incursions after 26 years.
Locust incursion was controlled by Locust Circle Offices in collaboration with State Governments and farmers. Control operations against desert Locust was started in May 2019 and from May, 2019 to 17.02.2020, a total of 4, 03,488 ha area has been treated.
During last 3 years (2016-17 to 2018-19), no crop loss occurred due to locusts. State Government of Rajasthan has reported crop losses in an area of 1,79,585 ha during 2019-20. State Government of Gujarat has done primary assessment of the crop losses due to locust attack and total estimated affected area is 19,313 ha during 2019-20.
Rajasthan has reported that an amount of Rs.110 crores has been paid to 66,392 farmers as Agriculture input subsidy during 2019-20.
State Government of Gujarat has reported that, relief package was announced for crop losses of 33% and more, for paying compensation to the farmers of affected districts in the State. Assistance of Rs.13500/- per hectare from State Disaster Response Fund and additional Rs.5000/- per hectare from State budget will be provided for maximum upto 2 hectares to affected farmers. Total provision for the relief package is Rs.32.76 crores. Total 9615 online applications have been received in Gujarat from farmers till 15.02.2020 and payment of compensation to the affected farmers is in progress.
This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Rajya Sabha today.